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1. What is the difference between discrimination based upon disparate treatment and disparate impact?

2. In your opinion, which of the equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws have had the most profound effect on society?

3. How should EEO laws be changed and or amended to better protect the work force, in your opinion? Why?

Needing help on rewriting a job description

Locate a job description using a popular website for job seekers.
Analyze the job posting you selected. Consider the following criteria:

How and when would you determine the need to create a job position within your business?
What strategy would use to outline the position’s details?
What would the duties be?
What would the performance requirements for the position be?
What preexisting knowledge and skills would be required for the position?

Rewrite the job posting chosen.
Identify what you added or subtracted from the original job posting, and explain why.

The Nadler-Tushman Congruence Model is a comprehensive diagnostic model, which specifies inputs, throughputs and outputs. This model is based on the assumptions that organizations are open systems, they are dynamic, organizational behavior happens at all levels, and interactions occur between all of these levels. Being strong in terms of inputs, we are asked to analyze our chosen organization’s key inputs defined by Nadler and Tushman. The company I selected for this class is the Tasty Baking Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded 95 years ago in 1914, Tastykake has provided individually wrapped, fresh snack cakes to the public.

Chapter 10
Case Study Part 1: Situational Leadership and Constructive Discipline

You are the manager of the sales department at Splendor Company. Sally has been your top sales representative consistently for over a year now. She is always in the office first, last to leave, thorough in her paperwork, and receiving praise from the other departments, and she has volunteered several times to test new products with her clients.

Recently you have noticed a difference in her performance. This past week she was late to your staff meeting, was not at her desk when you came into the office, and left early. She seems distracted and unfocused compared to her usual behavior in the office.

Customer Service sent back two contracts due to missing information on the new client. You just got off the phone with Mark, head of the Accounting Department, who gave you an earful about how Sally “unethically” tried to bend the rules and push a new client through who did not have the appropriate credit ratings.

Upon hanging up the phone, you look up to see Sally entering the office. She appears to be in a hurry, glances around to check who else is in the office, and hurries to her cubicle. Glancing at the clock you see it is only 3:45 pm. Sales reps are not usually back in the office at the end of the day before 4:15 pm. You decide to approach Sally and talk about her recent drop in performance.

List the data points you have on her current performance.
You are the manager of the sales department at Splendor Company. Sally has been your

1. How will you know from Sally if that style is working?

2. What type of follow up will you do?

Purpose: Develop awareness of current business/economic events.

The article I chose is at this link:

“A tablet that is ready to take” by Chris Nuttall.

Chosen company: HP.

Deliverable: Paper

The paper should be a 2-page maximum (Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, 1″ margin, appropriate internal citation and references) overview of the article and surrounding events. To establish the context and setting for the article, the students should address (in order):

1. An overview of the company (its primary industry, primary product/service lines, three year trend in revenues, net income and stock price. Additionally, the students should identify the CEO, COO, CFO and Chairman of the Board along with their length of employment in their current position.
2. An overview of the industry and major business environmental issues facing this company. This should include identification of primary competitors and their relative strength, the size of the domestic and international market for the primary good/service of the company, and any major recent events affecting this industry.
3. A summary of the news article.

Deliverable: Presentation

The students should prepare a PowerPoint presentation based on their summary paper. This presentation should address:

1. A brief overview of the news article
2. What would you characterize as the primary problem or issue in this case, and why?
3. What is the primary context surrounding this event (characterize the company’s performance, industry, competitors and other identified business environmental issues)? How does the context shape the events or issues in your article?
4. What (if any) resources, capabilities or technologies are identified and what is the availability of each (and why)?
5. Who are the primary actors (individuals and organizations) with an interest in the events covered in the article?
6. Which of the actors identified above benefit/suffer from the events identified in your article? What are the implications of this? Why do you think so?
7. What ethical issues, if any, do you identify in the article or your analysis of the events?
8. Are there any surprises, contradictions, or perplexing findings in the article or your study of surrounding events? Why do you think so?
9. To this end, students should prepare a discussion board post with 5-7 open ended questions relating to people, entities, events and issues identified in the presentation.